Jan 20 2011

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Students devise novel retirement gift

What is a good parting gift for someone who has spent 40 years teaching school?  Many might say a watch to mark the retiree’s remaining time, or a book to read to pass this time.  Douglas Elementary fourth-grade teacher Tom Rhodes knew exactly what he wanted.  He wanted his pupils to read–to read words by the million.
“They had individual goals, and I gave them all of the credit,” Rhodes said.  “These are the most awesome readers I have ever had, and I had the good fortune to be their teacher.  There is nothing in life they cannot accomplish.  I couldn’t be happier.  They busted the goal.”
These young scholars flew right past the objective, in fact–by reading exactly 6,079,472 words by the time Douglas worked his last day as a teacher.  He spent 35 of his 40 years in public education as a teacher in the Tyler Independent School District, mentoring young minds at Camp Tyler, Hogg Middle School Generic whithout and at Douglas after teaching his first five years in Houston and ing online Denton.
Despite the fulfillment he has received from his teaching career, he is looking forward to his retirement.  It will give him more time to read to his little grandson.

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